The New Democratic Party (French: Nouveau Parti démocratique), commonly referred to by its acronym NDP in English and NPD in French, is a social-democratic federal political party in Canada.The current leader of the NDP is Thomas Mulcair, who was elected in the 2012 leadership election.
The provincial wings of the NDP in Manitoba and Nova Scotia currently form the governments in those provinces. Provincial parties have previously formed governments in British Columbia, Ontario, and Saskatchewan, and the territorial party formed the government in Yukon. In the 2011 federal election under the leadership of Jack Layton, the NDP won the second-most seats in the Canadian House of Commons, gaining the title of Official Opposition for the first time in Canadian ...
Robin MacLachlan is the face of a new breed in Ottawa: NDP corporate lobbyist.
The former NDP staffer works the phones on behalf of 11 clients – including large companies such as Cisco Systems, Nalcor Energy and Nestlé Canada Inc. – and increasingly pops up on political talk shows as an NDP supporter.
He prefers to say he’s in the “government relations” business.
“The word lobbyist has taken on a bit of a pejorative character to it, so for that I may get the odd joke from my social democratic friends, but it’s all in good humour,” ...
New Democratic Party MPs called Thursday for stronger civilian oversight of the Canadian military, saying the Afghan-detainees affair has shown the need for greater transparency and accountability by the Canadian Forces.
They proposed the creation of a civilian office of inspector general, similar to positions in the United States and Australia.
Citing Britain and Australia, they said the existing judge advocate general — the top legal person in the military — should be a civilian, not a member of the armed forces.
The proposals were made at a news conference held by Ottawa MP ...
Jack Layton of the New Democratic Party (NDP) is now the best-ranked federal party leader in Canada, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 29 per cent of respondents approve of Layton’s performance, up three points since February.The approval rating for Canadian prime minister and Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper stands at 26 per cent, down two points in a month. 15 per cent of respondents approve of the way Liberal and Official Opposition leader Michael Ignatieff is handling his duties, also down two points in a month. Canadians renewed the House of Commons in ...
NDP statement on the death of Senator Pierre Claude Nolin Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the death of the Speaker of the Senate, Pierre Claude Nolin:
“It was with a lump in my throat that I learned this morning of the death of Senator Pierre Claude Nolin, a real gentleman who dedicated his career to public life and served Parliament and the public with competence and devotion.
“My wife Catherine and I and the NDP caucus are thinking of his family and loved ones during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
Conservatives fail to protect unpaid interns NDP MP Laurin Liu (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles) made the following statement on the defeat of her motion:
“Four years ago, 22-year-old Andy Ferguson died in a head-on collision when he fell asleep at the wheel, after working excessive hours as an unpaid intern at an Alberta radio station.
“New Democrats introduced the Intern Protection Act and urged all MPs to support this measure which would include unpaid interns in workplace protection laws and set clear rules to prevent them from being exploited.
“It’s bad enough that under the Conservatives the youth jobs crisis has forced so many young people to work for free in the hope of obtaining future employment – they shouldn’t have to put their safety at risk too.
“We were optimistic when the Conservatives pledged greater protections for unpaid interns in yesterday’s budget as our bill would quickly fulfil this promise.
“Unfortunately for interns like Andy, the Conservatives put political games ahead of the opportunity to
NDP REALITY CHECK: What IS Justin Trudeau’s position small on business tax cuts? Yesterday, Justin Trudeau once again made it painfully clear that he has no plan for the economy, or a sense of where he stands on major policy issues. He’s simply not ready to lead.
When asked if he supports the proposed tax reduction for small businesses, Trudeau replied:
“Not really. Needs to be redesigned.”- Justin Trudeau, Power and Politics, April 21 2015
But by this morning, the Liberal Leader had a completely new position:
“We certainly wouldn't reverse the cut to small business taxes.”- Justin Trudeau, April 22, 2015
That’s strange, because when the NDP proposed lowering small business taxes just a few months ago, Justin Trudeau voted against it along with Conservatives.
With all of the immediate challenges facing the middle class, Canadians can’t afford to wait for Justin Trudeau to get ready.
Isabelle Morin moving up the ranks in NDP Shadow Cabinet In preparation for the 2015 election, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has chosen to further strengthen his Shadow Cabinet by giving new responsibilities to MP Isabelle Morin (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine). Morin will be the new deputy critic for Seniors – an important role in fulfilling the NDP’s promise to better protect seniors by returning the retirement age to 65 and expanding the Canada Pension Plan and Quebec Pension Plan.
“With Isabelle, our seniors will have a strong and competent spokesperson. All seniors deserve to retire with dignity. Unfortunately, Stephen Harper’s latest budget stubbornly spends billions on the wealthiest few among us,” said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. “More than ever, New Democrats are ready to repair the damage caused by Stephen Harper and give the middle class a break. The number of seniors in Canada will double by 2036. And no one should have to grow old in poverty, insecurity and isolation,” said Morin.